Hamsters are among the most cute animals on the planet. In one little plush box, they have the cutest little paws, puffy lips, and the most innocent facial expressions. These little furry creatures have a diverse spectrum of colors and coat patterns, some normal and others uncommon.
Hamsters aren’t quite painted the same hue from head to toe. They’ll mainly show one color, but there might be variations or splotches of other colors. You’d be wrong if you thought these were all dominant gene colorways; only one of them is a dominant dependent.
Beige hamsters are a lighter shade of golden hamsters and are also considered an unusual color. That’s because beige hamsters can only be generated by crossing a rusty hamster with a dark grey gene hamster. Both of these parent colors are recessive traits, making them very rare.
Black is a recessive gene color that turns dark brown (chocolate) as people get older. According to common pet store myth, black hamsters are much tamer than other hamsters. That, though, is a total myth.
These hamsters have ivory-colored bellies and a creamy light tan hide. Their back fur roots are typically light grey with a hint of cinnamon coloring. In reality, a light grey parent and a cinnamon parent are used to create the regular blonde. Red eyes are common in blonde hamsters.
Light brown hamsters have a distinct brown color and little, if any, lighter spots of hair. Two recessive brown parent genes are responsible for this color.
These hamsters are dark brown in color all over, with rust or cinnamon colored lines going across them. They retain their pin hands and feet, much like the brown kind, creating a stunning color contrast.
Cream can seem to be a simple color scheme. It has the look of a light coffee roast with a dash of milk. It is, however, genetically distinct. Since it is a recessive gene, it can overpower a recessive black gene.
This is a very unique color as it requires a strange parentage. Dove-colored hamsters are born to black and cinnamon parents. From black hamster, a dove hamster is the red-eyed version while through the cinnamon gene, the hamster appears to be a light greyish color.
A hamster’s most popular shade. It’s also the most common hamster color seen in the wild. Goldens are distinguished by their golden brown hair and black cheek marks. They typically have a grey undercoat and an ivory belly, with grey ears on top.
Grey hamsters come in a variety of colors, ranging from bright to dark. The fact that these colors are dominant over all other color patterns is what makes them so special.
These hamsters are stunning and highly sought after. Their coat is light grey with pinkish undertones. Lilac hamsters can only be obtained by crossing a cinnamon gene hamster with a dark grey gene hamster.
These hamsters are the red-eyed sable hamster breed. These hamsters are sometimes rust or cinnamon colored. They do, though, still have a cream undercoat that shines through.
Rust hamsters are one of the newer hamster colors. It was first observed in 1960 England, where the color was first reported as a mutation to brown or cinnamon.
Sable hamsters have a distinct appearance, but it can be difficult to pin down just what it is. The color of their undercoat differs from the color of their outer coat. Their undercoat is white in color, with a brown or chocolatey outer coating. The cream coat is also noticeable around the hamster’s pupils, forming traditional eye-rings.
Many of the genetic combinations that create this color scheme often produce deformities, making these hamsters very difficult to find.
Hamsters can also have coats with many different patterns on them. Some of which have their very own classification.
Banded hamsters typically have a single horizontal band running from one across their backs from belly-to-belly. This is normally a white band; however, other light colors such as cream have been observed.
Tortoiseshell patterns are gender-specific, so you’ll just see this pattern on female hamsters. Yellow spotting can be seen all over the hamster’s base color in this pattern. Tortoiseshell patterning can be seen in any paint hamster, except cream, where the spots are covered.
Roan hamsters only occur in cream-based colors. This is when white fur is mixed into the base color with the hamster’s head being darker than the rest of the body. While this is a dominant gene, you need to be very cautious when breeding them.
Breeding two roan hamsters together produces eyeless white babies and stillborn young.
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